How to Make the Best Cinnamon Popcorn

Fill your jars with this delicious recipe for cinnamon popcorn! It’s the perfect sweet treat for Christmas parties and get-togethers.

The recipe for this popcorn is simple, and it looks so pretty, right?

Why not shake things up this holiday season with our family’s favorite treat – cinnamon popcorn? For many years we’ve been perfecting this delicious recipe. The combination of sweet cinnamon and freshly popped corn is heavenly as it fills the house with its warm aroma while Christmas music plays in the background and lights twinkle away. We skeptics may be wary at first but try it once. You’ll find yourself wanting more and more.

Cinnamon popcorn also looks so festive. I love to put a batch or two into a large glass jar to display on the kitchen counter. However, the problem is the jar never stays full.

Thanks to Jen @midwestlifeandstyle for gathering an amazing group of bloggers to share sixteen fabulous sweet treat recipes with you.

If you are coming over from Aliya’s @opendoorsopenhearts, Welcome. Aliya’s cinnamon pecans sure sound delicious. I can’t wait to try them.

Cinnamon Popcorn

Cinnamon Popcorn for Gifts

This cinnamon popcorn is the perfect gift to make for all of your friends, teachers, delivery people, or the hostess of a party. Pack it up in a beautiful jar or a small Christmas tin. You could also package the popcorn in cello bags for individual small gifts for a classroom party. It not only tastes amazing, but it looks so festive. If you like to make homemade gifts, you will love these beautiful wax sachets that make a great gift or a nice gift tag on a package.

You can also whip up a finger-knitted blanket in under 4 hours to keep you warm while you enjoy your popcorn.

Cinnamon Popcorn Recipe

Mixing the Cinnamon Popcorn Coating

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Once it has melted, add in the nine ounces of the red hots, stir in the corn syrup, and heat until all is melted.

melt butter with corn syrup and red hots
continue to melt the red hots to make cinnamon popcorn
red hot mixture  for making red hot cinnamon popcorn

While the mixture is melting on the stove, pop your 8 cups of popcorn.

Place the popcorn in a bowl and pour the red hot cinnamon candy mixture over the popcorn. Mix well until all popcorn is covered with the mixture.

popcorn made for cinnamon popcorn
pouring the red hot candy to make  cinnamon popcorn
cinnamon popcorn

Baking the Popcorn

Once you have mixed the popcorn well, spread it onto a cookie sheet sprayed with an oil spray. I also put foil over my cookie sheets, so they do not get so messy.

You want to turn the popcorn every 15 minutes for one hour.

cinnnamon popcorn in the oven

How to package your Treats for gifts

There are several great ways to package your popcorn. You can place the popcorn in a cute Christmas Tin or in a clear jar, which looks so pretty.

Using cute popcorn boxes or clear cello bags, you could pack it up in smaller batches.

You could even use a cute box. However, I would put the popcorn in a baggie before placing it in the box.

Supplies Needed to Package your Cinnamon Popcorn

Well, that is it for me today. I am sure your mouth is watering by now. Next up on our tasty treat blog hop is my friend Brendt @shegaveitago. She has the tastiest holiday punch to share with you. Be sure to click on the link to read her full blog post.

Christmas Cookies and Holiday Treats

Are you looking to add some new recipes to your holiday rotation this year? Click on the links below to go to each post and see more.

Midwest Life And Style – Peanut Butter Balls | Cottage On Bunker Hill – Double Chocolate Oreo Bark | White Lilac Farmhouse – No Bake Christmas Cookies | Cottage In The Mitten – Holiday Peanut Butter Cookies

My Family Thyme – Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies | Eleanor Rose Home – Christmas Monster Cookies | Pasha Is Home – Christmas Fudge | Tatertots And Jello – Holiday Dipped Oreo Cookies

The Ponds Farmhouse – Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark | Vintage Home Designs – Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies | Our Tiny Nest – Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies | Bricks ‘n Blooms – Tiger Butter Fudge

The Tattered Pew – Daddy’s Molasses Cookies | Open Doors Open Hearts – Cinnamon Sugar Pecans | WM Design House – Cinnamon Popcorn | She Gave It A Go – Holiday Punch

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  1. How much butter & corn syrup do you add to Cinnamon Popcorn recipe?

  2. Wendy, I love homemade treats! And I love to give them as gifts. I have never made this kind of popcorn, I am going to give it a try this year. Have a wonderful week.

    1. Thank you Elizabeth, it is so yummy. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. This looks so delicious and festive Wendy! Such a great gift idea!!! Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Heidi, I hope you get a chance to try it.

    1. Thanks, Jennifer, it is delicious! Merry Christmas

  4. I love red hots and I love pop corn – this looks like a great snack!

    1. Then you will just love this, Cindy! I hope you enjoy it.

  5. This looks so good Wendy! Love all of the holiday treats! My sweet tooth has come to the right place! Happy Holidays!

    1. Thank you, my friend. It will not disappoint, I promise.

  6. What an interesting combination! I love red hots but no one else in my family does – what a bunch of party poopers right? How could they not love red hots? Guess I will just have to make this for myself.

    1. YOu may be surprised that they like it, the butter and corn syrup really soften the taste of the red hots.

  7. Oh yum, Wendy! You had me at cinnamon. I can’t wait to try this. And I love how easy it is to make. The perfect recipe for the busy holiday season. I pinned it to my holiday dessert board and can’t wait to try it. Thank you for joining me on today’s hop.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you, Jen. Sorry for the late reply, I have been in a blogging hole. Thank you for including me, it was a great hop.

    1. I hope you will love it, Rachel, it is delicious.

  8. Oh Wendy this looks so yummy! A perfect thing to make for gifts…and I love how you packaged it too! Pinned!

    1. Thank you, Kelly, this was such a great hop with so many delicious recipes.

  9. This sounds wonderful Wendy! I love all flavors of popcorn, but cinnamon is right up there in the top tier.

    1. Thank you, Diane, it is very easy to make, just beware it is addicting! lol

  10. Mmmm what a great treat and so different! This would make great gifts too! I need to try your recipe Wendy!

    1. Thank you, friend, It makes for a beautiful gift indeed.

  11. Wow, Wendy! I had never heard of Cinnamon Popcorn before. It sounds so good. A popcorn lover here and will have to give it a try. I have saved and pinned this recipe.

    1. Thank you, Tammy. It is one of my favorites. I hope you love it.

  12. Wendy what a fun easy idea for a treat! pinned!

  13. Wendy,
    My son Paul LOVES popcorn and cannot wait to make this with him this Christmas season.
    Thank you so much for sharing…pinned!

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